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Partial lunar eclipse on June 4, 2012

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This is what a partially eclipsed moon can look like, give the right weather conditions.

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The partial lunar eclipse on June 4, 2012 will be partly visible from western United States and Canada while people in Hawaii, New Zealand, and central and eastern Australia will be able to follow the whole eclipse.

See when the moon will be visible

Animation showing the moon's passage through the Earth's partial (outer circle) and full shadows (inner circle) in relation to Universal time. Based on information from NASA.

Can I see the eclipse?

This eclipse will be completely visible over Australia, rising over eastern Asia and setting over western North America. To catch the entire eclipse, you must be located in the Pacific Ocean or in eastern Australia.

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People in western Canada and the USA will have the best views with moonset occurring sometime after mid-eclipse, while people in New England and eastern Canada will miss the entire eclipse as the eclipse begins after moonset.

When is the eclipse?

Here are some times for the lunar eclipse:

Universal Time (UT), a timescale based on the Earth’s rotation, is about 0.59 seconds behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) during most of June 2012.

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When the greatest eclipse occurs, the moon will be at its highest point above the Earth in the sky, or at the zenith, for observers in the South Pacific. At that point, the maximum umbral magnitude will be 0.38.

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